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Sierra Leone to auction multi-million dollar diamond to benefit poor


Ramat Gan, ISRAEL Sierra Leone hopes to raise millions of dollars for development projects by auctioning a huge uncut diamond, believed to be one of the world's largest, in New York in December.


In Beirut, play about Syria's war gets as close to home as it can 4:52pm BST

(This version of the October 22 story corrects ages of director and writer)


Graffiti set design adds punch to Cuba theater festival 2:08am BST

HAVANA A play parodying the lengths some Cubans will go to in order to earn a few tourist dollars set against the backdrop of socially critical graffiti is adding punch to Havana’s annual theater festival.


George Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo' wins 2017 Man Booker prize 18 Oct 2017

LONDON American author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a high-profile literary award, for his first novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo," - a fictional account of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.

Italy gets back looted mosaic from Emperor Caligula's ship 22 Oct 2017

ROME A floor mosaic from one of Roman Emperor Caligula's opulent private ships, which was stolen after World War Two, is on its way back to Italy from the United States where it has been recovered from a private collection.


Harry Potter exhibition blends wizardry with history 19 Oct 2017

LONDON A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book's publication is offering 'muggles' with an interest in magic the chance to view rare memorabilia, combined with historic artifacts referenced in the popular series. | Video


Too racy for Louvre, sex sculpture finds home at Pompidou Centre 17 Oct 2017

PARIS In the end it was just too kinky for the Louvre.


We are closer than ever to 1930s-style totalitarianism: Atwood 15 Oct 2017

FRANKFURT The world is closer to the dark days of the 1930s than at any time since, Canadian author Margaret Atwood said on Saturday in Frankfurt, where she was due to receive a prestigious German literary award.


Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist 14 Oct 2017

SYDNEY The impoverished family of Australia's most famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira, has been given copyright to his works after years of fruitless campaigning triggered the intervention of a philanthropist.


World's largest pink diamond expected to fetch up to $30 million at auction 4:56pm BST

LONDON "The Pink Raj", an intense pink diamond described by experts as the world's largest, is expected to fetch up to $30 million when it is auctioned in Geneva next month. | Video